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Sunday
Oct092011

Photography camera recommendation

Photograph of Viking boat in Reykjavik shot from ground level with Sony Nex-5

The old saying is that the best camera is the one you have with you.  And it's true.  If you have a high end DSLR kit, but it weighs so much that you don't take it with you, it's really a tragedy when you come across something worth capturing.

So the development of mirrorless cameras has been a huge advancement in putting small, lightweight and powerful tools in our hands.  There are offerings by all the major camera companies, but after a great deal of research, I ended up buying a Sony Nex-5 camera before I headed off to Iceland this summer.  

There were several compelling reasons.  First and foremost was that Sony somehow managed to stuff a full APS-C chip into a tiny camera body.  This is no small feat, as this chip is normally in a camera like the Canon 7D or Nikon D7000.

Second was the fact that the Sony Nex-5 shoots full 1080/60i HD video.  Compared to a number of other high end point and shoots, it's a significant step up.

Finally, the camera has an LCD screen that angles up 80 degrees or down 45 degrees so that shooting from ground level or from over your head is a breeze.

I was nothing short of amazed by the results.  As small and light as it is, I always had the camera with me.  Always.  And the resulting files are truly impressive.  I cannot recommend the system enough.

Even better, Sony has brought out a new version of the camera.  Here a review of the Sony Nex-5N on dpreview.  A great camera made better.

 

Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik shot with Sony Nex-5

 

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